In January 2012, a group from Shashamane Sunrise led by our Executive Chairman, Dr. Rene Zazou Williamson, and our Ambassadors musician Simba Amani and Miss Barbados World 2009, Leah Marville, visited Uganda. The trip was an overall success. The staff and students of the school were very welcoming during our visit. Their hospitality was overwhelming, treating us to performances and food.
We were met by Principal Adenum, parents, teachers and members of the School Management Committee, including its Chairman Rev Robert Ecogu. Rev. Ecogu presented us with a full accounting of the Roof Renovation Project expenses including receipts. During this Service Visit, we made contact with Matthew Boddie, a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, who has agreed to be an additional liaison with the school for Shashamane Sunrise. Mr. Boddie can assist primarily in the areas of communication and oversight.
During the guided tour of the premises, the team got a chance to see firsthand what progress was being made at the school. We are happy to report that Phase Two of the roofing project at the school was almost complete, with only a
few sheets of roofing left to be installed. The contractor, with the approval of the School Management Committee also rebuilt a supporting wall on the northern wing of the school, which had shown structural defects. This was
necessary in order to support the new roof on that side of the building.
We have requested a quotation from the contractors for the cost of renovating the final two classrooms in the
To date, Shashamane has raised USD$10,000 (minus GG administration fees) towards the Okoboi PS Project. We expect the roof renovation to be completed by early Spring.
Following our Needs Assessment interviews, the key priorities for the Ngora Okoboi Primary school in 2012 are
- Completion construction of roof
- Rural electrification, which will be led by our U.K. Vice Chair, Phillip Blechinger
- Renovation of the interior and exterior of the six-classroom block
- Assessment and implementation of Social Entrepreneurship / Income Generating Projects (IGP) led by Professor Weslynne Ashton and a group of students from the MBA programme at Stuart Business School in Chicago
As part of our fundraising plan for 2012, Shashamane will partner with Peter Kagwa, the Managing Director
of Events Warehouse, which is one of the top Promtions Company in Uganda. Mr.Kagwa and Events Warehouse are to assist with the promotion and production of the Ugandan leg of the Shashamane Sunrise Global Concert Series.
Tour of school grounds
Phase II almost complete